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Award winning Interior Designer, JJ.Acuña (that's me) speaks with Creatives, Leaders, and Spiritual Practitioners, from all walks of life living inspired lives, about their everyday strategies, mantras, and processes to achieve balance and alignment. It’s all about carving out a path to live well and hopefully live better each and every day. Brought to you by Archipelago Media. Copyright Archipelago Media Network 2021. Archipelago Limited (HK).

Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuña JJ.Acuña

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Award winning Interior Designer, JJ.Acuña (that's me) speaks with Creatives, Leaders, and Spiritual Practitioners, from all walks of life living inspired lives, about their everyday strategies, mantras, and processes to achieve balance and alignment. It’s all about carving out a path to live well and hopefully live better each and every day. Brought to you by Archipelago Media. Copyright Archipelago Media Network 2021. Archipelago Limited (HK).

    Ep.11 Aligned by Transformation, Transitioning, and the In-Between Space with Architect-turned-Artist, Isola Tong

    Ep.11 Aligned by Transformation, Transitioning, and the In-Between Space with Architect-turned-Artist, Isola Tong

    Isola Tong (@isolatong IG) is a Filipina Chinese Artist and Architect currently practicing in Manila. She engages in the boundaries between nature and technology, human and nonhuman, center and margin, north and south epistemologies challenging binarism, revealing worlds within worlds, conveying the interconnections of science, aesthetics, and politics, through the lens of a "transpinay" from maritime South-East Asia. Her work spans across a variety of media portraying a divergence from anthropocentrism towards interconnected biologies. She graduated cum laude at the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. She also studied and worked in Osaka, Japan for four years. She has shown and performed in Korea, Slovenia, Serbia, and the United Kingdom. She currently teaches architectural design, theory, and history at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and the Arts in Manila. She is an incoming graduate student at the UC Santa Cruz in California. We welcome Isola Tong to the table.

    About The Podcast:

    Subscribe to our all-new podcast, Aligned By Design with JJ. Acuna - where Award-winning Interior Designer, JJ Acuna (that's me) speaks with Creatives, Leaders, and Spiritual Practitioners, from all walks of life living, inspired lives. We talk about everyday strategies, mantras, and processes to achieve balance and alignment. It’s all about carving out a path to live well and hopefully live better each and every day. Brought to you by Archipelago Media and available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast. Contact us on Instagram @jj.acuna and @alignedbydesignwithjj.

    Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna is brought to you by Archipelago Media and copyright of Archipelago Media 2021, a division of Archipelago Limited (HK). Any rebroadcast, reproduction, or other use of this podcast without the expressed written consent of Aligned By Design is strictly prohibited. This podcast is about opening broader ideas for personal spiritual alignment and does not offer blanket solutions for any specific individual. If you are in need of assistance for your physical or mental well-being, please seek out a registered medical practitioner in your area.

    About Our Theme Music Composer, Olly Shelton:

    Olly Shelton is a Brighton-based composer, producer, and pianist specialising in ambient, electronic, and alternative music. He is half of the UK band PELA and works alongside a range of up-and-coming artists and established acts around the globe. Contact Olly on Instagram @o_s_music and on the WEB at www.ollysheltonmusic.com.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep.10 Aligned by Akashic Readings with Simmy Ling

    Ep.10 Aligned by Akashic Readings with Simmy Ling

    After feeling burnt out and lost in her contemporary art career, Simmy Ling (@simsimlingawakening IG) called it quits in 2016 and backpacked around the world - to search for the meaning of life. Her spiritual awakening started with a mind-blowing past-life regression session in Bali- moving her to her calling to help people liberate themselves from all limitations and live freely.

    Through her "in-sploration" with hypnosis, channeling and reading the Akashic Records, energy healing, and yoga, she successfully healed herself time and time again on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level - and as a result, her reality shifted drastically. She is now inspired to share her self-healing experiences and teachings which are channeled from the Heart so that people can discover their true power and step into their life purpose.

    She firmly believes that everyone can access their inner wisdom and heal themselves. It is her true passion to share her experience, as well as share the overall techniques of the healing arts with her clients, students, and a much broader audience through social media.

    Simmy is the founder of SimSimLing Awakening Studio, an Akashic Records teacher & consultant, a certified Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique®️ Level 2 practitioner, a Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki Master practitioner, a Psych-K®️ facilitator, and a Yoga Instructor. You can find her 1-on-1 services, group sessions, and courses on her website www.simsimling.one.

    Thank you to Kenloch for the use of his space. https://kenlochhealingspace.boutir.com/

    About The Podcast:

    Subscribe to our all-new podcast, Aligned By Design with JJ. Acuna - where Award-winning Interior Designer, JJ Acuna (that's me) speaks with Creatives, Leaders, and Spiritual Practitioners, from all walks of life living, inspired lives. We talk about everyday strategies, mantras, and processes to achieve balance and alignment. It’s all about carving out a path to live well and hopefully live better each and every day. Brought to you by Archipelago Media and available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast. Contact us on Instagram @jj.acuna and @alignedbydesignwithjj.

    Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna is brought to you by Archipelago Media and copyright of Archipelago Media 2021, a division of Archipelago Limited (HK). Any rebroadcast, reproduction or other use of this podcast without the expressed written consent of Aligned By Design is strictly prohibited. This podcast is about opening broader ideas for personal spiritual alignment and does not offer blanket solutions for any specific individual. If you are in need of assistance for your physical or mental well-being, please seek out a registered medical practitioner in your area.

    About Our Theme Music Composer, Olly Shelton:

    Olly Shelton is a Brighton-based composer, producer, and pianist specialising in ambient, electronic, and alternative music. He is half of the UK band PELA and works alongside a range of up-and-coming artists and established acts around the globe. Contact Olly on Instagram @o_s_music and on the WEB at www.ollysheltonmusic.com.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep.09 Aligned by Waves & Universal Form in the Art of Bennett Bossert

    Ep.09 Aligned by Waves & Universal Form in the Art of Bennett Bossert

    Bennett Bossert (IG @bennettbossert) is an artist/architect currently based in Minneapolis. After graduating with a master’s degree in architecture from Cornell University, Bennett spent four years living and working as an architect in Hong Kong. His wider travels have earned him a broad perspective and a network of friends and colleagues throughout the world.

    As a precursor to his freehand abstract drawings, Bennett spent 10+ years developing the skill and craft of digital parametric design as an architect and artist. Parametric design is a method of coding relationships between different entities to create complex formal outcomes whereby a variation to one entity will cause an effect on all others. This enables many iterations of a design to be generated, and very often unexpected outcomes emerge. The results are akin to organic forms found in nature, as all of nature is governed by interconnected relationships and geometric principles. Breaking free from the computer, he now draws intuitively with ink and paints on paper or wood panels rather than using digital tools to create images. The theoretical and aesthetic pursuit of parametric design shows through. Bennett’s artwork is currently held in private collections in nine countries.  We welcome Bennett Bossert to the table.

    From Bennett: "As emotional beings, we tend to seek permanence and certainty. But there is no way of knowing what surprises good or bad tomorrow will bring. We begin each day without reliable knowledge of what will occur. This tension between intent and outcome, control and chaos, is what informs my drawings. Sometimes our expectations are exceeded and sometimes our hopes are shattered. But beauty can be found in all of it. After all, life is a series of peaks and valleys. Swells and swales. Highs and lows. Ebbs and flows. As the grounds shift beneath us, we adjust our balance and move forward.

    My drawing process is natural and meditative. I revel in the balance between feeling like I can control the process and realizing I cannot. The results are reminiscent of rolling waves, eroded earth, molecular structures, or the vibrations of the cosmos. These works can be read at any  scale."

    About The Podcast:

    Subscribe to our all-new podcast, Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna - where Award-winning Interior Designer, JJ Acuna (that's me) speaks with Creatives, Leaders, and Spiritual Practitioners, from all walks of life living, inspired lives. We talk about everyday strategies, mantras, and processes to achieve balance and alignment. It’s all about carving out a path to live well and hopefully live better each and every day. Brought to you by Archipelago Media and available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast. Contact us on Instagram @jj.acuna.

    Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna is brought to you by Archipelago Media and copyright of Archipelago Media 2021, a division of Archipelago Limited (HK). Any rebroadcast, reproduction or other use of this podcast without the expressed written consent of Aligned By Design is strictly prohibited. This podcast is about opening broader ideas for personal spiritual alignment and does not offer blanket solutions for any specific individual. If you are in need of assistance for your physical or mental well-being, please seek out a registered medical practitioner in your area.

    About Our Theme Music Composer, Olly Shelton:

    Olly Shelton is a Brighton-based composer, producer, and pianist specialising in ambient, electronic, and alternative music. He is half of the UK band PELA and works alongside a range of up-and-coming artists and established acts around the globe. Contact Olly on Instagram @o_s_music and on the WEB at www.ollysheltonmusic.com.

    • 58 min
    Ep.08 Aligned by Hong Kong's Abandoned and In-Between Spaces with Daphne Mandel

    Ep.08 Aligned by Hong Kong's Abandoned and In-Between Spaces with Daphne Mandel

    Daphné MANDEL (IG @daphnemandel) - is an artist born in Lausanne, Switzerland to a French father and a Dutch mother and grew up in Paris.  She credits her Dutch grandmother, a respected textile artist, Wilhelmina Fruytier, with instilling in her a deep appreciation of art and painting.  Daphné studied architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning in Versailles and graduated in 2000. She co-founded the Paris-based landscape architecture and urban planning firm Gilot&Mandel Paysage.  She and her partner were named "Best Young Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Professionals" by the French Ministry of Culture (2006).  As a result, a number of public parks, city centres, cultural sites, and sports venues in France and abroad bear Daphne's touch.  She found inspiration in her move to Hong Kong in 2008 to explore other means of creative and artistic expression.

    Hong Kong’s environment is quite one of a kind: it is a mash-up between an urban jungle and lush greenery.  Using architectural rendering techniques permits Daphné to give a sense of ultra-realism to her works which contrasts with the more artisanal modes of expression, mirroring of Hong Kong’s urban aesthetic: the luxurious and polished juxtaposed with the untidied and derelict.

    Today we speak with Daphné about her field research on Hong Kong's abandoned sites. Her explorations of deserted places including villages, schools, theatres and cinemas, private villas, and mansions. Her new series 'Chimerical Villages' delves into the paradox of a city in constant change, with places that are left behind for years sometimes decades, and that seems to be frozen in time. The Series transcends these secluded sites and exacerbates the improbability of their landscapes. We welcome Daphne Mandel to the table. www.daphnemandel.com

    About The Podcast:

    Subscribe to our all-new podcast, Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna - where Award-winning Interior Designer, JJ Acuna (that's me) speaks with Creatives, Leaders, and Spiritual Practitioners, from all walks of life living, inspired lives. We talk about everyday strategies, mantras, and processes to achieve balance and alignment. It’s all about carving out a path to live well and hopefully live better each and every day. Brought to you by Archipelago Media and available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast. Contact us on Instagram @jj.acuna.

    Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna is brought to you by Archipelago Media and copyright of Archipelago Media 2021, a division of Archipelago Limited (HK). Any rebroadcast, reproduction or other use of this podcast without the expressed written consent of Aligned By Design is strictly prohibited. This podcast is about opening broader ideas for personal spiritual alignment and does not offer blanket solutions for any specific individual. If you are in need of assistance for your physical or mental well-being, please seek out a registered medical practitioner in your area.

    About Our Theme Music Composer, Olly Shelton:

    Olly Shelton is a Brighton-based composer, producer, and pianist specialising in ambient, electronic, and alternative music. He is half of the UK band PELA and works alongside a range of up-and-coming artists and established acts around the globe. Contact Olly on Instagram @o_s_music and on the WEB at www.ollysheltonmusic.com.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep.07 Aligned by Traditional Chinese Medicine with Jade Elizabeth Ouk

    Ep.07 Aligned by Traditional Chinese Medicine with Jade Elizabeth Ouk

    Melbourne-based Jade Elizabeth Ouk has lived quite a life already and her new life in Traditional Chinese Medicine is just about to ramp up. Now a mother of two healthy and happy sons, Jade’s former career spanned new audience development at the Melbourne Festival, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Monash University’s Arts faculty, Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, was in cultural public relations at Sutton PR and was Marketing Director with Osage Gallery and Osage Art Foundation in Hong Kong, when I met her. She is now learning to become a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner as she finishes up her Bachelor Of Health Science in Chinese Medicine at the Southern School of Natural Therapies this year. Jade has lived a completely colourful life which will even get more colourful once she begins her practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Today we speak with Jade about TCM, the importance of TCM in health, and what we can do to take advantage of Traditional Chinese Medicine practices as a means of daily upkeep and sickness prevention to live healthier lives. We welcome Jade Ouk to the table.

    Books To Read from Jade Ouk:


    Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki.
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks, neurologist and his case histories

    On "Yang Sheng" / Chinese Nourishment of Life tradition that includes diet and lifestyle recommendations:


    Live Well Live Long by Peter Deadman
    The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi by Peter M. Wayne with Mark L. Fuerst
    Welcoming Food: Diet as Medicine for Home Cooks and Other Healers Book 1 and Book 2 by Andrew Sterman. "I love these books! It's like Andrew is at my home kitchen table explaining potentially complicated things about food, making everything simple. It's fascinating. This work will be very helpful for a lot of people." - Philip Glass, composer

    For anybody who wishes to support someone post-birth:


    Golden Month: Caring for the World's Mothers After Childbirth by Jenny Allison (outlines a holistic approach towards postnatal care that amalgamates the best practices from different cultures throughout the world)

    On "the most lovable of all the great religious texts, funny, keen, kind, modest, indestructibly outrageous, and inexhaustibly refreshing" - Le Guin:


    Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching by Ursula K. Le Guin.

    "The type of work which the great Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska meant when she spoke of 'that rare miracle when translation stops being a translation and becomes ... a second original."... The whole of Lao Tzo: Tao Te Ching is well worth savouring - as much as for the ancient substance as for Le Guin's stylistic splendour." - Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

    For Chinese medical practitioner use:


    Fluid Physiology and Pathology in Traditional Chinese Medicine by Steven Clavey
    Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica 3rd edition by Dan Bensky, Steven Clavey and Andrew Stoger
    Secret Shaolin Formulas for the Treatment of External Injury new revised edition transmitted by Patriarch De Chan, translated by Zhang Ting-liang and Bob Flaws.

    About The Podcast:

    Subscribe to our all-new podcast, Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna - where Award-winning Interior Designer, JJ Acuna (that's me) speaks with Creatives, Leaders, and Spiritual Practitioners, from all walks of life living, inspired lives. We talk about everyday strategies, mantras, and processes to achieve balance and alignment. It’s all about carving out a path to live well and hopefully live better each and every day. Brought to you by Archipelago Media and available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast. Contact us on Instagram @jj.acuna. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    BONUS Ep.01 Aligned by Our Theme Music with Composer, Olly Shelton

    BONUS Ep.01 Aligned by Our Theme Music with Composer, Olly Shelton

    Hey friends- for today’s quick and bonus episode we interview the very awesome Brighton-based Olly Shelton, one half of the Pop-duo PELA, and the composer of the music for the Aligned By Design Podcast.

    In today’s episode, Olly shares his story about his first musical instrument, a digital keyboard from his grandpa. He also shares his work as a composer, and what inspired him when he composed the music for our very own theme song- which we will play in full for the very first time. We welcome Olly Shelton to the table.

    Olly Shelton is a Brighton-based composer, producer, and pianist specializing in ambient, electronic, and alternative music. He is half of the UK band PELA and works alongside a range of up-and-coming artists and established acts around the globe. Contact Olly on Instagram @o_s_music and on the WEB at www.ollysheltonmusic.com.

    About The Show:

    Subscribe to our all-new podcast, Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna - where Award-winning Interior Designer, JJ Acuna (that's me) speaks with Creatives, Leaders, and Spiritual Practitioners, from all walks of life living, inspired lives. We talk about everyday strategies, mantras, and processes to achieve balance and alignment. It’s all about carving out a path to live well and hopefully live better each and every day. Brought to you by Archipelago Media and available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast. Contact JJ on Instagram @jj.acuna and contact the podcast on Instagram @alignedbydesignwithjj.

    Aligned By Design with JJ.Acuna is brought to you by Archipelago Media and copyright of Archipelago Media 2021, a division of Archipelago Limited (HK). Any rebroadcast, reproduction or other use of this podcast without the expressed written consent of Aligned By Design is strictly prohibited. This podcast is about opening broader ideas for personal spiritual alignment and does not offer blanket solutions for any specific individual. If you are in need of assistance for your physical or mental well-being, please seek out a registered medical practitioner in your area.

    • 26 min

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